Duct Tapes

Duct tape, also known as Duck Tape is a cloth-backed pressure-sensitive tape which is often coated with polyethylene. Duct tapes main feature is its strong adhesive capacity and its resistance. The construction of different duct tapes varies in the type of backings and adhesives that are used. Our Duct Tapes Guide offers a more complete overview of the different types available on the market.

Types of Duct Tape

  • Gaffer Tape: This is non-reflective and, unlike normal duct tape, can be torn by hand and easily removed without leaving a sticky residue. Gaffer tape is commonly used in the TV and film industries due to its non-reflective properties to temporarily tape cables to the floor or light fixtures to posts. Gaffer tape can also be used in the home for securing cables to a carpet, concrete or wood.
  • General Purpose Duct Tape: This has a low fabric count, a thin outer polyethylene film and low weight adhesive. This tape is ideal for odd jobs where longevity is not an issue.
  • Industrial Grade Duct Tape: This is made from a stronger fabric with a tougher outer layer and thicker adhesive. This duct tape is for more heavy-duty use and is ideal for holding down carpets at exhibitions.
  • Professional Grade Duct Tape: These have a stronger backing material than the industrial duct tape for added strength, durability and adhesion. These tapes are often used by contractors and construction workers.

Features of Duct Tape

Duct tape consists of an outer layer of plastic film, usually polyethylene or LDPE (low-density polyethylene) that provides waterproofing and weather resistance. Some tapes have a vinyl outer coating which is resistant to abrasions. Tapes are also available that are made from transparent materials that make them less visible when applied.

The different types of duct tape vary according to the fabric fibres that are used. These fabric fibres can be cotton, nylon, fibreglass, rayon or polyester. The most common widths for duct tape are 48 mm and 51 mm

What is Duct Tape Used for?

Originally the silver-grey coloured duct tape was used to seal joints in heating or air conditioning ducts to make them airtight but it now has multiple uses, including holding things together or onto a surface. They're available in a range of materials with different properties and colours enabling them to be used for many tasks - making it an essential item for any DIY tool kit.


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Description Price Colour Tape Type Width Length Backing Material Thickness Adhesive Material Adhesion Strength Elongation at Break Tensile Strength Finish Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Trade Name
RS Stock No. 763-8955
Mfr. Part No.51206-00003-00
BrandTesa
SGD190.84
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Translucent Duct Tape 50mm 33m UHMW Polyethylene 0.11mm Acrylate 43 N/cm 300% 43N/cm High-slip PE - - 51206
RS Stock No. 763-8952
Mfr. Part No.04651-00508-00
BrandTesa
SGD95.83
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Black Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 768-2567
Mfr. Part No.04613-00029-00
BrandTesa
SGD10.80
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White Duct Tape 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Natural Rubber 4.1 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Laminated +93°C - Tesa 4613
RS Stock No. 763-8970
Mfr. Part No.04651-00535-00
BrandTesa
SGD46.51
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Grey Duct Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 763-8964
Mfr. Part No.04651-00513-00
BrandTesa
SGD93.04
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White Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 812-5371
Mfr. Part No.53799-00000-02
BrandTesa
SGD26.89
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Green Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 4.8 N/cm 10% 77N/cm PE Coated +110°C - -
RS Stock No. 763-8958
Mfr. Part No.04651-00505-00
BrandTesa
SGD50.31
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Black Duct Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 763-8961
Mfr. Part No.04651-00510-00
BrandTesa
SGD46.51
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White Duct Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 763-8968
Mfr. Part No.04651-00525-00
BrandTesa
SGD46.51
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Red Duct Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 482-3368
Mfr. Part No.04688-00031-00
BrandTesa
SGD31.90
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Grey Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Synthetic Rubber 4.7 N/cm 9% 52N/cm PE Coated +110°C 0°C 4688
RS Stock No. 763-8977
Mfr. Part No.04651-00528-00
BrandTesa
SGD93.04
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Red Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 379-0201
Mfr. Part No.04662-00194-01
BrandTesa
SGD15.95
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Black Duct Tape 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.23mm Natural Rubber 4.5 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Laminated +93°C - Tesa 4662
RS Stock No. 763-8974
Mfr. Part No.04651-00538-00
BrandTesa
SGD93.04
Each
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Grey Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -